German international sparks Premier League signature scramble

The Mirror has today brought the Football Transfer Tavern to a hush with the news that Schalke player Lewis Holtby is set to leave the club sparking a chase from a host of Premier League clubs.

It had been hoped by the club that the player would follow the example of Klaas-Jan Hunterlaar and sign a new deal to keep him in Germany, but Holtby has decided to leave meaning that Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton could spark a war to land the midfielder.

Despite his half English roots, the player recently launched a scathing attack on the Premier League, throwing doubts over whether he would actually fancy a move to our shores. Holtby moaned about the lack of a winter break over here and said that: “The break in the Bundesliga gives everyone the chance to have a rest. We also get the chance to go back and spend time with our families over Christmas, which is important.”

He went on to claim that the lack of a break does not just take players away from their families but also runs the risk of injury saying that: “I know how ­important football is to English fans over the Christmas break, but it must take its toll on the players. For the rest of us it doesn’t make too much sense ­because when players are tired and playing so ­regularly you do pick up little niggles and ­injuries.”

Holtby played against Arsenal for Schalke in the Champions League group stages this term and the boyhood Everton-fan impressed on both occasions enabling his stock to rise even higher.

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